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Tauranga City Plan

12C.1  Objectives and Policies for Rural Residential Zone Subdivision

Updated 11 September 2018

12C.1.1 Objective – Subdivision in the Rural-Residential Zone

Subdivision is consistent with the semi-rural landscape character of the Rural Residential Zone through:

  1. Recognising the limited capabilities of the land to deliver conventional residential development;
  2. Providing for the transition between residential and rural environments in a way that does not adversely affect surrounding landscape character

12C.1.1.1 Policy – Subdivision in the Rural-Residential Zone

Ensuring that subdivision design and allotment sizes:

  1. Provide for a very low density of residential development that recognises the infrastructure and servicing requirements of the underlying zone;
  2. Recognise the geotechnical constraints associated with the topography of the zone.
  3. Recognise in the Tara Road Urban Growth Plan Area that rural residential subdivision should be designed, located and constructed in a way that avoids adverse geotechnical, reverse sensitivity, and stormwater effects on the Tauranga Eastern Link and Tara Road.

12C.1.1.2 Policy – Servicing Expectations

By ensuring subdivision in Rural Residential Zones is not provided with the level of infrastructure and services that would facilitate and support urban or suburban development opportunities.

12C.1.1.3 Policy – Landscape Character

By ensuring subdivision does not adversely affect the semi-rural landscape character of the Rural Residential Zone by:

  1. Maintaining an open character and spatial separation between buildings and structure;
  2. Avoiding buildings and structures that dominate the landscape and skyline by virtue of their location and form, scale, materials and colour;
  3. Considering the opportunity to retain or protect areas of cultural or heritage value where they are present on a site;
  4. Retaining natural features, mature vegetation and areas of indigenous habitat where these exist on site;
  5. Ensuring that where the zone has a visual interface with an identified important amenity landscape the integrity of those areas are maintained;
  6. Aligning roads, accessways and property boundaries to reflect and reinforce natural landform.

12C.1.1.4 Policy – Subdivision of Secondary Independent Dwelling Units

Avoiding the subdivision of secondary independent dwelling units to ensure that these units are not able to be legally separated from the principal dwelling in way that would undermine the purpose of the zone and lead to the introduction of an urban or suburban character.

12C.1.1.5 Policy – Subdivision in the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site

  1. By ensuring that subdivision within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site is carried out in a manner that:
    1. Mitigates against adverse landscape character and amenity effects on the surrounding environment, with particular regard to be given to the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site’s pre-development rural landscape character, in terms of:
      1. The interface of the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site with adjoining Rural Zones, Rural Residential Zone and Open Space Zones and along the northern and southern escarpments within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site. In this location, the identified mitigation option is landscape planting; and
      2. Visual connectivity across the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site to the Wairoa River, as viewed from the top of the northern escarpment and from Moffat Road. In this location the identified mitigation option is through an open landscaped corridor/stormwater swale system;
    2. Avoids, remedies or mitigates potential adverse effects associated with the geotechnical constraints and natural hazards within the Central Bethlehem Scheduled Site and on adjoining escarpments;
    3. Recognises the limitations of Council’s existing infrastructural capacity;
    4. Avoids, remedies or mitigates adverse effects on the function, and safe and efficient operation of the transport network, with particular regard to the State Highway 2/Te Paeroa Road roundabout. 


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